Northern Sweden is now in polar night



Regions within the Arctic Circle went into polar night last week and will stay there for a while – up to 179 days right at the pole! Polar night is when the sun does not rise, but in most cases in the Arctic Circle it manifests in permanent twilight, getting darker the more north and the closer to the pole you go.

The opposite occurs in summer where, for example, in Svalbard in Norway, there is no sunset from approximately 19 April to 23 August.  At the pole the sun can be continuously visible for a half year.


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Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

    1. It is very disorienting, often depressing, and you suffer from a lack of vitamin D. I way prefer the darkness of winter to the constant light in summer though – that almost drives me insane!

      1. Oh my gosh, I guess sunshine all the time would be the worst of the two. Do a lot of people have trouble with these kind of days?

      2. I think Swedes have less problems than immigrants with the extremes of light and darkness. And more immigrants have a problem with the darkness than the light. I just hate heat and direct sunshine (too many years in Africa I guess!) so I prefer dark and cold all the time to light and hot all the time!

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